TV Notes: It’s Liberace in all his glory on HBO’s ‘Behind the Cadelabra’
“BEHIND THE CANDELABRA” – Odds are you won’t be able to take your eyes off director Steven Soderbergh’s luridly entertaining peek into the relationship between legendary pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). The film follows the two men from their first meeting to the fallout of the 1982 palimony suit Thorson filed when Liberace broke things off, with lots of juicy drama – and crazy costumes – in between. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.
SUNDAY: Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna return to host the “National Memorial Day Concert.” This tribute to America’s military heroes includes performances by Katherine Jenkins, Chris Mann and new “American Idol” champ Candice Glover. 7 p.m., KSPS; 8 p.m., KCDT.
SUNDAY: Unfortunately, “Smash” was never a smash hit. The ratings-challenged, Broadway-themed drama closes the curtains on its two-season run tonight. 9 p.m., NBC.
MONDAY: Another run for the roses begins on “The Bachelorette.” Desiree Hartsock, who had her heart broken by Sean Lowe on “The Bachelor,” now gets her pick of the hotties. 8 p.m., ABC.
MONDAY: “Ring of Fire” is a movie starring pop singer Jewel as June Carter Cash. The film covers her childhood in Virginia through her tumultuous relationship with Johnny Cash (Matt Ross). 9 p.m., Lifetime.
MONDAY: Bad guys be warned: Robert Taylor returns as the unflappable title character in Season 2 of “Longmire,” the drama series pegged to a sheriff trying to maintain law and order in the wild frontier of Wyoming’s Absaroka County. 10 p.m., A&E.
TUESDAY: “In Performance at the White House” has President Obama presenting the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Carole King. Among those honoring her: James Taylor, Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan and Emeli Sande. 8 p.m., KCDT.
WEDNESDAY: “Love Thy Neighbor” is a new sitcom from prolific producer Tyler Perry. It chronicles life at The Love Train Diner, a family-run restaurant that serves up great meals, along with some laughs. 9 p.m., OWN.
WEDNESDAY: “Manhunt: Boston Bombers” is the latest edition of “NOVA.” It takes viewers through the pursuit of the two suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing and examines the role technology played in the search. 8 p.m., KSPS and KCDT.
THURSDAY: Watch out, it’s time for a “date-off” on “Men at Work” as Gibbs and Milo compete for the attention of a pretty woman. The object of their desire? “Gossip Girl” alum Jessica Szohr. 10 p.m., TBS.
FRIDAY: “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic” is a documentary that focuses on the career of the groundbreaking comedian. Among those interviewed: Bob Newhart, Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, Mel Brooks and Lily Tomlin. 9 p.m., Showtime.
SATURDAY: A salute to Tatiana Maslany and her breakout performance in “Orphan Black,” which concludes its first season tonight. Fortunately, she and her various clones will be back for a second season. 6 and 9 p.m., BBC America.